Joseph Kony is a real life “Last King of Scotland”.
He is the founder and deeply feared leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a radical rebel group in Northern Uganda seeking to establish a Christian theocracy based on the 10 Commandments.
One Commandment that Kony seems to have missed is ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill’.
His Lord’s Resistance Army is populated by AK47 bearing adolescents who have no compunction about killing at random – or about cutting off ears, noses and limbs.
You probably have not seen a lot about Kony. Maybe you have never heard of him.
Conventional network and cable TV operations don’t spend a lot of time on him.
He’s hard to cover.
He’s in hiding.. and if you find him, he is incredibly dangerous.
Not the kind of place you would expect to find Katie Couric.
But it is the kind of place you can find Ruud Elmendorp.
Elmendorp is a Dutch videojournalist who covers Africa. He has been covering this beat alone, with a camera and a laptop for more than 10 years – going where no one else will dare to go.
This kind of work is real reporting – not like showing up at the Green Zone and being escorted around by a bunch of US troops and given a dog and pony show by the US Military.
Networks won’t go here.
It’s too expensive.
And too difficult to get to.
And far too dangerous.
The world might never have heard of Darfur, except for Nick Kristof at The New York Times. Now, you’ve heard of the Lord’s Resistance Army.